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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Ankeny High School is a highly rated, public school located in Ankeny, IA. It has 1,025 students in grades 10-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 94% of students are at least proficient in math and 88% in reading.

Ankeny High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
88%
Percent Proficient - Math
94%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1300
27 responses
Average ACT
26
222 responses
AP Enrollment
18%
Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$79,536
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$991
National
$949
Median Home Value
$197,500
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Homecoming week
    41%
  • Prom
    30%
  • Homecoming pep assembly
    16%
  • Eating dinner after a robotics competition
    5%
  • Homecoming
    5%
  • Under The Lights
    3%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,025
Free or Reduced Lunch
19%
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.29 responses
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.29 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.29 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$60,548
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.5%
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.31 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.31 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.31 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$11,549/ year
National
$12,239
81%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.37 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.37 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.37 responses
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My experience at Ankeny High School was absolutely awesome! The teachers always took time to help you if needed it, the entire staff in general were friendly, the school was always clean, resources for college and school help were always available, there were clubs for every interest, and the students were well behaved. Overall, I didn’t feel like I was part of a high school, I felt like I was part of a family. I can’t think of anything that AHS needs to change.
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My time in the Ankeny Community School System has been enriching, challenging, and fun! I participated in several AP classes, DMACC classes, baseball, track, basketball, Choir, and Large Group Speech. All leaders and teachers tried their best to help me be successful. Class sizes are growing each year, however, so teachers are having a hard time spending time with us one on one.
One of the best things about my experience at Ankeny High School has to be the sense of community and comfort I felt through my high school years. I truly felt as though my high school became a home to me. I felt as though my teachers made a big effort to make all of the students learn to love school and the learning process, and they did that well. However, I think that Ankeny placed too much importance on academics. It's no secret that most kids care more about getting an A than actually understanding the material that was being taught to them. So much importance was placed on achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA and the highest class rank that students would disregard their physical and mental health to reach these marks. Being perfect allowed no room for growth because mistakes come with growing as a learner.